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Children & families

Announcement that the Federal Government is doubling the size of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) to 100 communities. Media release 07/05/2012

 

Community developments (and partnerships)

The Australian Industry Group, Brotherhood of St Laurence, CHOICE and the Energy Efficiency Council jointly commissioned a wide-ranging review of realistic options to reduce electricity prices. See media release 29/10/2012. Report -Policy options for maximising downward pressure on electricity prices, produced by Oakley Greenwood, October 2012

 


Employment and training

The Brotherhood of St Laurence launched its newest Work and Learning Centre in Carlton, the first of five centres to be funded by the Victorian Government that will assist public housing residents across Victoria to secure jobs and education for work. The Centre, at 180 Palmerston Street, Carlton, was opened on the 22nd of March 2012 by the Minister for Housing, Wendy Lovell, and will be run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in conjunction with local partner agency The Church of All Nations. The service is modeled on the Brotherhood’s flagship Centre for Work and Learning, Yarra, established in Fitzroy in 2009. [1]  See media release

 

Launch of the Geelong Work and Learning Centre at Norlane Community Centre on the 31st of May 2012, run by Northern Futures in partnership with Brotherhood of St Laurence. Media release

 

Announcement that Brotherhood of St Laurence, Hanover Welfare Services and the Kangan Insiture will be delivering a new Youth Foyer project in Victoria. A Youth Foyer is student accommodation for young people who are unable to live at home and wish to study and secure employment. Will be the first model of it's kind in Victoria to join up two complex areas of government, providing secure student accommodation for you people who agree to engage in training and education. Media release 26/04/2012  Kangan Youth Foyer brochure

 


Fundraising & resources


Material & financial support

 

Saver Plus wins MoneySmart Week Community Award. BSL Media release 03/09/2012, & MoneySmartWeek.org.au media release 03/09/2012

RMIT released a Saver Plus evaluation report. Media release 05/12/2012

 


Neighbourhood change


Older People

Brotherhood of St Laurence joined the United Nation's Open Working Group in Older People as a step in recognising the special needs of older Australians. Media release 21/08/2012

 


Organisational aspects

New strategic plan for 2012 to 2014 concentrating on four key priorities[2]:

  • Develop systems, structures and process that support our people to do a great job.
  • Demonstrate how to reduce disadvantage and increase social, civic and economic participation through high-quality policy, programs and practice.
  • Broaden our efforts to influence and learn from others .
  • Generate income from diverse sources in order to keep our organisation strong and to foster innovation in what we do 

 

 

Two directors of the board retired: Reverend Barbara Colliver (appointed to the board in 2013)and Jenny Trethewey (appointed to the board in 2001)[3]

 


People with disabilities


Refugees and Settlement

Opening of the African Australian Community Centre in a restored heritage listed church at 30a Pickett St, Footscray on the 19th of October. A joint venture between Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Anglican Parish of Footscray. Centre will assist African migrants and refugees in Melbourne's west. See media release


Brotherhood enterprises


Young People

 

Publications

Sambell Oration, A tale of two Melbournes: The disparities of place and how to bridge the divide, delivered by Professor Roz Hansen

 

The power to save: an equity assessment of the Victorian Energy Saver Incentive in metropolitan Melbourne, by Damian Sullivan and Victoria Johnson

Valuing capabilities in later life: the capability approach and the Brotherhood of St Laurence aged services, by Helen Kimberley, Robert Gruhn and Simon Huggins

Centre for Work and Learning, Yarra evaluation report, June 2012

Turning 21: life chances and uncertain transitions, by Janet Taylor, Joseph Borlagdan and Malita Allan

Building relationships for better outcomes: Peninsula Youth Connections evaluation, stage 2 report, Anna Barrett

Re-engagement, training and beyond: evaluating the second year of a Community VCAL education program for young people, , by George Myconos

Pathways that work: lessons from the Youth Employment Project in Caroline Springs, by Eves Bodsworth

Exploring success for intermediate labour market social enterprises, a literature review, by Danielle Nockolds, a student intern.

Financial life in a new setting: experiences of Afghan and Burmese (Chin and Karen) communities in Melbourne, Australia, by Victoria Johnson, Said Dileri and Naw Eh Ywa

The rights of older persons, Protection and gaps under human rights law, Social Policy working paper no 16, The Centre for Public Policy and Brotherhood of St Laurence, by Marthe Fredvang and Simon Biggs, August 2012

 

Footnotes

  1. BSL Media Release 01/03/2012
  2. BSL Annual report 2012 p6
  3. BSL Annual Report 2012 p6 & BSL Annual report 2011 p32

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